Folks & Energy investigates India’s Hindu fundamentalists and their affect on the nation’s authorities.
Since Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist and chief of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP), grew to become prime minister of India in Might 2014, teams of radical Hindu nationalists have been terrorising non secular minorities throughout the nation.
Based on a number one Christian rights group, no less than 600 such assaults befell between Modi’s election and August of this 12 months. One-hundred-and forty-nine of those assaults had been in opposition to Christians; the remaining had been focused on the nation’s Muslim group.
The assaults, say critics, are being orchestrated by radical teams affiliated to Hindu nationalist and political stress group: the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Prime Minister Modi is a lifelong member of the RSS and the backing of its members was essential in serving to his BJP get together win the 2014 election. Since then, emboldened by the outcome, Modi’s most excessive nationalist supporters have routinely taken to the streets, utilizing violence and intimidation to press their declare for a purely Hindu India.
Muslims have been pressured to transform to Hinduism, properties burnt down and folks even murdered for allegedly consuming beef; cows having particular standing within the Hindu religion.
Hindu nationalist summer season camps for ladies happen throughout India, all operated by an organisation referred to as the Durga Vahini [Al Jazeera] In the meantime, Hindu nationalists have been rewriting faculty textbooks in some states and holding coaching camps for teenage girls and boys in an obvious try to inculcate youngsters into their trigger.
We requested Indian filmmaker and journalist Mandakini Gahlot, herself a Hindu, to go in the hunt for those that desire a purely Hindu nation and discover out what their resurgence means for the way forward for the world’s most populous secular democracy.
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